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Year 12 giving up - anyone with the same problem?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by andie33, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. We have had about 9 students in year 12 give up already this term!
    This is across Spanish, French and German. All the teaching staff are excellent teachers and highly experienced. But year 12s keep going to their head of year in tears (girls school!) saying that their chosen language is too hard and they can't cope. So their first strategy is to give up!!!!!!
    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
     
  2. We have had about 9 students in year 12 give up already this term!
    This is across Spanish, French and German. All the teaching staff are excellent teachers and highly experienced. But year 12s keep going to their head of year in tears (girls school!) saying that their chosen language is too hard and they can't cope. So their first strategy is to give up!!!!!!
    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
     
  3. jolet

    jolet New commenter

    Well, I have had similar problems at a girls school. I had to lower the level to the equivalent of grade 9 because it was too hard and they could not cope. By the way, American Diploma students.
     
  4. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    Have a look at this thread: https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/512450.aspx?PageIndex=1.
    At this time of the year, when we're about 40% of the way through, your school should have a policy of not letting them give up. That way, their head of year could save a fortune in tissues.
     
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    It's bound to happen with pupils being so unprepared from their GCSE courses, even if they managed a so-called decent grade.
    What sort of schedule did they follow in KS4?
    Did they learn their prepared Oral answers off by heart? Were they told which questions they'd be asked for each topic area? Were they able to articulate something unrehearsed if they forgot the memorised answer?
    Were their earlier lessons heavy on fun and games or were they grounded in being able to understand the structure of the language so they could form their own sentences rather than just parrotting teacher-produced language?
     

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